On This Day

What Happened on August 28, 1981

Historical Events


Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

John Hinckley pleads innocent to attempt to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan
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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
  • National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)

Famous Birthdays

  • Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
  • Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
  • Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
1981 Highlights

About August 28, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Virgo